All letter from the IACS Board to the current and alumni IACS community:
Dear Innovation Community,
Like you, we, the members of the Innovation Academy Board of Trustees, were horrified to see the senseless killing of George Floyd. The killing of Mr. Floyd has once again exposed the racism plaguing America. We share in the despair, confusion, anger and disappointment left in its wake. Our collective hearts are broken by not only his death but also those of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless other Black lives taken due to racial injustice.
Community membership is among our core outcomes: How do we solve real-world problems and create a school community and a world in which all members consider themselves equal and safe? In this moment, we are called to reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental rights of the Black community.
How will we be and do better? Innovation is a community of lifelong learners. Our students on campus are taught to think critically, have uncomfortable conversations with others, and challenge their own ways of thinking. Our faculty and staff are ready to take on the mantle – at our June 15th Board of Trustees meeting, over 70 faculty and staff signatories to a petition (link) read their call to institutional anti-racist actions. The Board’s primary goal at this time is to listen and listen well. We want to hear from you.
The Board will deliberate on specific actions to take on these petition items at our meeting on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89433012658 (Password: 3YFEhv). We invite you to join us to speak and to listen. Public comment will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m., during which time anyone who wishes to comment may be recognized by the Chair to do so. We ask that each comment be limited to three minutes or less so that as many voices as possible may be heard. After public comment time, there will be more structured speakers and deliberations. As always, our Board meetings are open to the public, and you are welcome to stay for the entirety of the meeting, which will end on or before 9:00 p.m.
A multi-stakeholder racial justice committee will be formed by the school in the weeks to come to take a deep dive into these institutional issues. If this were easy, we would not be where we find ourselves today. As we begin to put the spokes on the wheels we are building to carry us forward, please know that Innovation Academy will follow a moral path, resist complacency, and strive to be an exemplar in both word and deed.
Finally, I invite you to hold us accountable. We will do the same for all who join with us to build the community that we desire. In that community, the callous indifference to the lives of Black people and people of color will not be tolerated.
The events witnessed in recent weeks were a call and a challenge to our humanity. In true IACS fashion, we will answer that call and meet that challenge. We ask you to join us.
The IACS Board of Trustees
Paulette Bruneau Brooks P’19, Chief Governance Officer
Matthew Lowe CPCS ’98, Vice Chief Governance Officer
Paul Falewicz P’16, P’16, Treasurer
Angela Caputo Griswold P’24, P’26, Clerk
Subhashish Acharya P’26
Waverly Braunstein P’15
Patrick Donahue P’24, P’27
Gordon Halm P’16, P’21
Paul Worthington-Berry P’19, P’22